Colorado Springs has its very own Rip Esselstyn, and his name is Troy Baleria. Troy is a plant-powered paramedic firefighter who works in the front lines of danger and disease. Fire fighters work exhausting and busy jobs, in and out of the fire house taking care of the local communities when accidents and life threatening situation occur. Unlike what is conveyed in the movies, most fire fighters are not receiving calls to come extinguish burning buildings, but rather provide medical attention to people suffering from chronic disease and diet related illnesses such as heart attacks and strokes. With a service industry so focused on healing and safety, you would think that the front line workers would embody the philosophy of healthy living practices. Instead firefighters are know for eating meat balls, burgers, and beer after work. Troy is proving that you can be a big, strong, fit firefighter, while also being a compassionate plant eater. Troy has his fire house co-workers making huge kale salads, grilling vegi burgers and working out. In this episode Troy and I discuss the severity of the health epidemic in America, why people are over weight yet undernourished, and what it means to be a real man in 2015.
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